Minimum Wage Increases Now Only Number 4 On List Of Restaurant Business Concerns

Minimum Wage Increases Now Only Number 4 On List Of Restaurant Business Concerns

It’s only a matter of time before wage hikes reach more and more states and communities. With tight labor markets and more people working service jobs, the cost of labor is going to continue to go up, even if we hit a recession in the next couple of years. HotOperator has come up with 7 things you can do to offset wage increases without pissing off customers.

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How A Story Can Sell More Pie (And Make Your Restaurant Legendary)

How A Story Can Sell More Pie (And Make Your Restaurant Legendary)

Great restaurant brands are all about storytelling. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say there is no such thing as restaurant brand marketing, at least not without a great story. As an example of how a story can sell more pie and make your restaurant legendary, see which pie you would rather to try.

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Customers Are Judging Your Restaurant By Your Menu

Customers Are Judging Your Restaurant By Your Menu

It's Like A Book, People Are Judging Your Restaurant By The Menu A recent survey shows just one in five people care who wrote a novel before choosing if they want to read it, while a whopping 52 per cent make their choice based on the jacket artwork. While only 20% of...

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Restaurant Business: Is Your Restaurant Food A Commodity?

Restaurant Business: Is Your Restaurant Food A Commodity?

Answer This Question: Is Your Restaurant Food A Commodity? To better understand if your restaurant food is a commodity, we need to better understand what a commodity is in the first place. According to Wikipedia, in economics, a commodity is the generic term for any...

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Is Your Restaurant In A Downward Spiral?

Is Your Restaurant In A Downward Spiral?

The solution to a downard spiral is really simple. Rather than take the most expensive items off the menu, instead, go the other way. Not with everything, mind you, but with items that actually have a value at the higher end of the scale. And be ok with the fact that these items may not sell that well, and you may have to run a special on them from time to time to clear out the inventory.

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Restaurant New Products: People Want Something They Already Love In A New Form

Restaurant New Products: People Want Something They Already Love In A New Form

The key to a great new introduction is to package what your customers already love in a new form. There are a number of ways to go about this, but for the most part, you need to make sure what you introduce makes sense for your restaurant business and your concept without sacrificing what you’re already selling. It does you absolutely no good to introduce a new item only to have it cannibalize your current success. The idea is to create new success and maintain your current popularity.

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Restaurant Menu Matrix

Restaurant Menu Matrix

To better understand the top 10 mistakes and how to correct them, it might help if we’re all on the same page with what a menu is. A menu should be your most effective marketing tool. It should suggestively sell products, describe your offering in a poetic way, entice an up sell, and – most importantly – be a visual representation of your brand.

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How a 2,850.00 investment turned into $60,000.00 in additional profit

How a 2,850.00 investment turned into $60,000.00 in additional profit

“I did have a chance to review the POS data with the new menu implemented. We increased our overall average ticket from $18.84 to $19.71 this should equate to roughly $58-65k in additional profit … the hottest items so far are the Cheesy Garlic Bread and the Baked Ziti with the works. That was an item you recommended and I was skeptical of using pepperoni with pasta, but people love it.”

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